South Africa’s discipline needs to improve ahead of a crunch clash with the All Blacks, coach Allister Coetzee says.
The Springboks lost to the Wallabies in Brisbane on Saturday night and Coetzee rued his side’s inability to rein themselves in.
Lock Eben Etzebeth was yellow-carded in the match and the Springboks were on the wrong end of an 8-11 penalty count.
The Springboks got out to a 14-3 lead early in the match, before the Wallabies reigned them in, ultimately hanging on for the victory.
Coetzee said it was frustrating to see opportunities go begging because of penalties.
“I was really pleased with the start and just again, it’s like a scratched record, our.discipline let us down ,” he said
“That actually got Australia back into the game, they got territory and they could put us under pressure.
“Their [second] try came from penalties, that’s how they clawed their way back into the game.
“We need to make better decisions, our discipline wasn’t good.
Coetzee was quick to praise the Wallabies for their performance, despite the frustration he voiced at his own side.
“Let me give credit to Australia,” he said.
“We were up for this one. It was an important Test, with two sides needing to bounce back.
“They got the win and that will be good for their confidence.
The Springboks travel to Christchurch to face the All Blacks next weekend and Coetzee said they would need to go up another level.
A loss to New Zealand would put South Africa at the bottom of the Rugby Championship, having already lost to Argentina and the Wallabies.